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Disease-specific quality of life assessment in intermittent claudication: review

Venkatasubramaniam, A; McCollum, P; Mehta, T; Chetter, Ian


A Venkatasubramaniam

P McCollum

T Mehta

Ian Chetter


Objectives: intermittent claudication (IC) is a common condition that has a major impact oil the patients' quality of life (QoL) Generic QoL instruments often lack sensitivity to detect small but clinically significant variation in QoL. Disease-specific instruments may overcome this problem. This study aims to review, various disease-specific QoL instruments available for use in IC and make recommendations for clinical utilization based oil validity, reliability and responsiveness. Methods:a detailed literature search and extensive bibliography review of all papers relating to disease-specific QoL and IC. Results: several disease-specific QoL instruments arc available for use in patients with IC. The most notable of these are the Claudication Scale (CLAU-S), Sickness Impact Profile - Intermittent Claudication (SIPIC) and the VascuQoL The Walking Impairment Questionnaire (WIQ) is an objective measure of the patient's walking ability and not a QoL instrument. Conclusion: many of the questionnaires are new and have undergone only a limited validation process. More work is required in this field before any one disease-specific QoL instrument call be recommended for list in patients with IC.

Journal Article Type Review
Publication Date Mar 31, 2003
Print ISSN 1078-5884
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 25
Issue 3
Pages 202 - 208
APA6 Citation Venkatasubramaniam, A., McCollum, P., Mehta, T., & Chetter, I. (2003). Disease-specific quality of life assessment in intermittent claudication: review. European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery, 25(3), 202 - 208.
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